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Birth of a Nation'hood
Gaze, Script, and Spectacle in the O. J. Simpson Case
Written by Toni Morrison


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75893-8 (0-679-75893-3)

Co-edited and introduced by Toni Morrison, Birth of a Nation'hood illuminates one of the grimmest--and most revealing--moments of recent American history: the O.J. Simpson case. As they relate to the scandal, the issues of race, sex, violence, money, and the media are refracted through the lens of twelve powerful essays, specially... Read more >
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The Victorian Detective

Written by Alan Moss


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1283-8 (0-7478-1283-7)

This book explores the roots of crime solving, telling the story of the iconic Victorian detective and how he cracked criminal cases with superior observations skills and powers of deduction. From murder to train robberies, students will learn how early police detectives tracked down killers and thieves. The book explores the birth of... Read more >
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The Majesty of the Law
Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6747-0 (0-8129-6747-X)

In The Majesty of the Law, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor explores the law, her life as a Justice, and how the Court has evolved and continues to function, grow, and change as an American institution. Tracing some of the origins of American law through history, people, and ideas, O’Connor... Read more >

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Out of Order
Stories from the History of the Supreme Court
Written by Sandra Day O'Connor


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: March 5, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9392-9 (0-8129-9392-6)

“I called this book Out of Order because it reflects my goal, which is to share a different side of the Supreme Court. Most people know the Court only as it exists between bangs of the gavel, when the Court comes to order to hear arguments or give opinions. But the... Read more >

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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No Heroes, No Villains

Written by Steven J. Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1978
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72531-4 (0-394-72531-X)

On June 28, 1972 in a South Bronx subway station, John Skagen, a white off-duty policeman on his way home, suddenly and without apparent provocation, ordered James Richardson, a black man on his way to work, to get against the wall and put his hands up. Richardson had a gun, and... Read more >
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The Guilt Project
Rape, Morality and Law
Written by Vanessa Place


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-264-7 (1-59051-264-2)

An English court in 1736 described rape as an accusation “easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused, though never so innocent.” To prove the crime, the law required a woman to physically resist, to put up a “hue and cry,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage
Valuing All Families under the Law
Written by Nancy D. Polikoff and Michael Bronski


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 1, 2009
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-4433-9 (0-8070-4433-4)

Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage reframes the family-rights debate by arguing that marriage shouldn’t bestow special legal privileges upon couples because people, both heterosexual and LGBT, live in a variety of relationships-including unmarried couples of any sexual orientation, single-parent households, extended biological family units, and myriad other familial configurations. Nancy D... Read more >
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The Death of Innocents
An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
Written by Helen Prejean


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75948-5 (0-679-75948-4)

Sister Helen Prejean was a little-known Roman Catholic nun from Louisiana when in 1993, her first book Dead Man Walking, challenged the way we look at the death penalty in America. It became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Now in The Death of... Read more >
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Exporting Democracy
The Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Good Idea
Written by Bob Rae


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: November 1, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-7710-7290-1 (0-7710-7290-2)

The way most Western politicians talk, democracy is the pinnacle of civilization, the best political system there is. Many think it’s the system the rest of the world ought to adopt. Bob Rae is not one of them. He is too well informed about the difficulties and dangers of implanting democracy... Read more >
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The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Written by Adrian Raine


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37884-2 (0-307-37884-5)

Why do some innocent kids grow up to become cold-blooded serial killers? Is bad biology partly to blame? For more than three decades Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence and establishing neurocriminology, a new field that applies neuroscience techniques to investigate the causes and cures of crime... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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All the Laws but One
Civil Liberties in Wartime
Written by William H. Rehnquist


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 4, 2000
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76732-9 (0-679-76732-0)

In 1861, with the survival of the United States in jeopardy, Abraham Lincoln—the Great Emancipator and champion of human freedom—responded to the national threat by suspending the writ of habeas corpus, a traditional bulwark of individual liberty. Lincoln's decision reveals in stark terms a conflict inherent in the practice of American... Read more >
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The Laws of War
A Comprehensive Collection of Primary Documents on International Laws Governing
Written by Michael Reisman


Format: Trade Paperback, 484 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 28, 1994
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73712-4 (0-679-73712-X)

Edited and with an Introduction and Commentary by W. Michael Reisman and Chris T. Antoniou, The Laws of  War contains extensive excerpts from treaties and authoritative judgments, including the Charter of the United Nations, the Geneva and Hague Conventions and Protocols, the Covenant of the League of Nations, and many other documents... Read more >

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The Tyrannicide Brief
The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold
Written by Geoffrey Robertson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38637-3 (0-307-38637-6)

Charles I waged civil wars that cost one in ten Englishmen their lives. But in 1649 Parliament was hard put to find a lawyer with the skill and daring to prosecute a king who claimed to be above the law. In the end, they chose the radical lawyer John Cooke, whose... Read more >
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Inside the Criminal Mind
Revised and Updated Edition
Written by Stanton Samenow


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4619-5 (1-4000-4619-X)

First published in 1984, this groundbreaking book presented a chilling profile of the criminal mind that shattered long-held myths about the sources of and cures for crime. Now, with the benefit of twenty years' worth of additional knowledge and insight, Stanton Samenow offers a completely updated edition of his classic work... Read more >

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In Our Own Best Interest
How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All
Written by William Schulz


Format: Trade Paperback, 262 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 11, 2002
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0227-8 (0-8070-0227-5)

Sierra Leone, Kosovo, East Timor, the Bronx. The nightly news brings vivid images into our homes of the mistreatment of people all over the world. In the secure comfort of our living rooms, we may feel sympathetic to the victims of these atrocities but far removed from them. “What does all... Read more >

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Finding Fernanda
Two Mothers, One Child, and a Cross-Border Search for Truth
Written by Erin Siegal


Format: Trade Paperback, 312 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0185-1 (0-8070-0185-6)

The dramatic story of how an American housewife discovered that the Guatemalan child she was about to adopt had been stolen from her birth mother

Over the last decade, nearly 200,000 children have been adopted into the United States, 25,000 of whom came from Guatemala. Finding Fernanda, a dramatic true story paired... Read more >
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The Edges of the Field
Lessons on the Obligations of Ownership
Written by Joseph William Singer


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 11, 2001
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0439-5 (0-8070-0439-1)

In The Edges of the Field Harvard law professor Joseph William Singer offers a brilliant and cogent look at America’s complex relation to property and ownership. Incorporating examples as far-reaching as the experience of Malden Mills owner and Polartec manufacturer Aaron Feuerstein, the Torah, and the musical Rent, Singer reminds us... Read more >

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Free Speech in an Open Society

Written by Rodney A. Smolla


Format: Trade Paperback, 444 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1993
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74213-5 (0-679-74213-1)

This grand tour of First Amendment law underlines the intimate connection between free expression and democratic values as it leads us through the most treacherous and emotionally charged cases in American jurisprudence.

“Intellectually venturesome. . . .”—The New York Times Book Review

“A clear-headed guide through difficult terrain... Well-written, firm in its... Read more >
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The Buffalo Creek Disaster
How the survivors of one of the worst disasters in coal-mining history brought suit against the coal company--and won
Written by Gerald M. Stern


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2008
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38849-0 (0-307-38849-2)

One Saturday morning in February 1972, an impoundment dam owned by the Pittston Coal Company burst, sending a 130 million gallon, 25 foot tidal wave of water, sludge, and debris crashing into southern West Virginia's Buffalo Creek hollow. It was one of the deadliest floods in U.S. history. 125 people were... Read more >
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The Victorian Criminal

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0814-5 (0-7478-0814-7)

From gaslit city streets to dark wooded estates, crime was rife in Victorian Britain; through a wide array of historical court records, newspaper accounts and prison books, The Victorian Criminal gives a fascinating overview of those involved in it. Within these pages may be found accounts of petty criminals and poachers... Read more >

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Outlaw Marriages
The Hidden Histories of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples
Written by Rodger Streitmatter


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0334-3 (0-8070-0334-4)

For more than a century before gay marriage became a hot-button political issue, same-sex unions flourished in America. Pairs of men and pairs of women joined together in committed unions, standing by each other “for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health” for periods of thirty or forty—sometimes as many... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Best Business Crime Writing of the Year

Written by James Surowiecki


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: November 26, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3371-3 (1-4000-3371-3)

A year ago it would have been difficult to conceive of an anthology of stories soley devoted to corporate malfeasance. Today, the challenge has been to keep it confined to one volume. From P.J. O’Rourke’s hilarious “How To Stuff A Wild Enron,” in which he compares trying to understand Enron’s finances... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Nine
Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
Written by Jeffrey Toobin


Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9679-4 (1-4000-9679-0)

In The Nine, acclaimed journalist Jeffrey Toobin takes us into the chambers of the most important—and secret—legal body in our country, the Supreme Court, revealing the complex dynamic among the nine people who decide the law of the land. An institution at a moment of transition, the Court now stands at... Read more >
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